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OSP Microcheck - website launch

Posted in Star Global News on January 11th, 2011 by admin – Be the first to comment

OSP Microcheck

OSP Microcheck

OSP Microcheck Inc. is a Canadian company based in Calgary, Alberta, specializing in sales, manufacture and distribution of biocides, scale inhibitors and microbial monitoring kits in Canada and the United States.

They supply unique and effective products and intermediates into several key industries including oil and gas, industrial water treatment, chemical and industrial preservation, metal-working fluid preservation and odour control.

OSP Microcheck had an older website that needed a whole new look and feel, along with some modern comforts of a Wordpress CMS system for self-managing and self-publishing, while connecting to various point of social media. An additional benefit is that the entire web is key word searchable, a huge benefit for a company that publishes vast amounts of documentation for it’s products.

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Workapedia - website launch

Posted in Star Global News on October 11th, 2010 by admin – Be the first to comment

Workapedia

Workapedia

Workapedia formerly known as Workinfonet.bc.ca was over 10 years old, and was acting as a portal website with thousands of external links. A brand new design, consolidated webpages, job feeds, calendar of events, searchable map of service providers, and a banner advertisement system are just a few of the features that zipped this older site into an easy, manageable website. Staff can change navigation and pages to their hearts content with the easy Wordpress CMS system.

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New website launch - Muscle Lines Fitness Experts

Posted in Star Global News on April 16th, 2010 by admin – Be the first to comment

Muscle Lines - Fitness Experts

Muscle Lines - Fitness Experts

Muscle Lines Lean for Life programs cut the frustration and guess work out of your fitness program by offering effective motivational plans to help you succeed. Muscle Lines is owned and operated by Sandra Froher, a highly trained fitness expert. For the past 18 years, Sandra has developed a training system that incorporates cutting edge fitness & nutritional plans for each client’s body type. Sandra’s professional qualifications combined with her ongoing participation in world class body competitions have allowed her to work and understand all levels of fitness.

Muscle Lines required a new look and feel for the design, and wanted to make updates in-house. Sandra also wanted to take advantage of blog software, and connect her information to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Using the colour scheme from her logo and photographs, Star Global created a new design & website that was clean, fun and professional. Sandra can update her photo gallery, change text, and post an unlimited amount articles, recipes, videos, and news stories at her blog, while categorizing and archiving them all. The entire site is searchable by keyword, and thanks to implementing the design in Wordpress.org CMS - her posts will be catalogued and found quickly by the Google search engine.

Click here to visit the website.

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The Sky is the Limit Interior Design Concept - new website launched

Posted in Star Global News on March 10th, 2010 by admin – Be the first to comment

The Sky is the Limit Design

The Sky is the Limit Design

The Sky is the Limit Interior Design Concepts conceptualize designs for all aspects of commercial and private interiors. Renovations, kitchen and bath room remodels, custom cabinetry, colour consultations, presentation boards and soft furnishings are all aspects of their private services.

The Sky is the Limit approached Star Global in search of a new look and feel, plus they wanted to maintain the website in-house. Star Global designed a fresh look and feel that captured both their professionalism and fun style. We programmed the website

into Wordpress (CMS) software so they can manage static pages, plus post articles and new items to their blog. We connected them to Facebook and Twitter, and they started blogging and networking right away!

Visit their website: www.theskyisthelimitdesign.com

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Greenway Carpet Care - blog launch

Posted in Social Networking Media, Star Global News on January 14th, 2010 by admin – Be the first to comment


Greenway Carpet Care Blog | http://www.greenwayclean.com/blog/

Greenway Carpet Care Blog | http://www.greenwayclean.com/blog/

Greenway Carpet Care provides earth friendly carpet cleaning in Victoria, BC, using a combination of technology, plus non-toxic cleaning agents to ensure your home is a clean and healthy environment to live in.

Greenway Carpet Care already had a website, but they wanted to take advantage of blogging and social media marketing. Star Global created a blog and linked it through the navigation bar of their existing website, and provided a live feed from the home page so clients can easily read new blog entries, and access links to social media websites like Twitter and Facebook.

In order for Greenway Carpet Care to increase usage of the website by providing relevant new information to the public on a regular basis, Star Global recommended Wordpress CMS (blog software) in order to maintain an ongoing and active posting of current industry news and information. This encourages people to return often. To help the Greenway Carpet Care manage stories, media information, and build a resource centre with articles, conference material, publications etc., Star Global also recommended using a blog to catalogue publically available, industry related information.

An RSS feed is provided with any blog software. Articles can be syndicated throughout the Internet, and users may subscribe the news feed using their preferred software or service.

Star Global designed the blog with a modern spin on their existing marketing materials, and when Greenway Carpet Care is ready to replace the website in future, the blog will already display their most recent marketing efforts.

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Lasertech Floorplans - website launch

Posted in Social Networking Media, Star Global News on January 14th, 2010 by admin – Be the first to comment

Lasertech Floorplans | www.lasertechfloorplans.com

Lasertech Floorplans | www.lasertechfloorplans.com

Lasertech Floor Plans services the Commercial Real Estate industry, with accurate, CAD based, As-Built Floorplans for sales and lease marketing, or architectural/interior design/space planning base drawings, or computerized facility/property management data, with a uniquely developed technology and a range of services meeting the needs of this industry on a cost effective, nationwide basis.

Lasertech needed a new design for their website, and the ability to update the website in-house. Star Global first reviewed and catalogued the website pages and architecture. Star Global then redesigned the site with a new look & feel, revised the navigation, and created a playbook by reorganizing the site to build more unique headings and revamp front line messaging.

Star Global programmed the website into Wordpress CMS with integrated blog functions to direct traffic to current information, build a resource centre with articles, trade show material, publications, and connect to social media sites like Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Youtube. The project also included a functioning website search, integrating the existing Knowledgebase (built by Star Global in 2008), plus porting and consolidating over 75 pages of text.

The website also has a contact page for multiple office locations, Google map, and Request for Quote form.

The end result was so well received that Lasertech is using the website design to influence other marketing, and trade show materials.

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The Good Planet Company - website launch

Posted in Social Networking Media, Star Global News, Technology News on January 14th, 2010 by admin – Be the first to comment

The Good Planet Company | http://www.goodplanet.com

The Good Planet Company | http://www.goodplanet.com

The Good Planet Company is a bricks and mortar retail store, located in downtown Victoria, BC, featuring an exciting range of earth-friendly organic products.

When The Good Planet Co. approached Star Global they had an outdated shopping cart system, and required an entire revamp.

In conjunction with the Good Planet’s ideas, Star Global designed the website and created a new look & feel, and established front line messaging to inform visitors what they can do. The website is built using CS-Cart shopping cart software that enabled the following features:

·        gift registry
·        one-page checkout
·        inventory tracking
·        statistics
·        return management
·        promotions and gift certificates
·        taxes, payment gateways and flat rate shipping
·        files can be imported or exported in CSV format
·        has an affordable license fee
·        design elements can be customized

A Wordpress blog was installed on the server, then customized for a consistent look and feel, and linked via the main navigation of the website. The Good Planet can use their blog to build a resource centre, catalogue & manage stories, and post sales notifications & videos.

Star Global helped The Good Planet Company activate their social media accounts, and maintain consistency with their branding (e.g. Facebook Vanity URL). Every page of the blog is also connected to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

Star Global also implemented an email newsletter system by Constant Contact to collect contacts, send inexpensive and short communications, enjoy separate mailing lists, manage contacts emails, and have more frequent contact with customers. The email archive feature also allows The Good Planet Company to push the newsletter to social media sites, and encourage fans to return to their online web store.

Training was also provided along with a mini-manual to assist The Good Planet to perform required tasks and take control of the website at launch.

 

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Victoria Women’s Transition House - website launch

Posted in Star Global News, Technology News on January 12th, 2010 by admin – Be the first to comment

Victoria Women's Transition House | www.transitionhouse.net

Victoria Women's Transition House | www.transitionhouse.net

Victoria Women’s Transition House is a not-for-profit agency that provides emergency shelter services and counseling to hundreds of women and children each year, along with community counseling, individual and group, for abused women and their children, and a Crisis Line. VWTH is the leader in education and public awareness on these issues.

Star Global first provided consultation to determine the agencies needs by reviewing and cataloguing their existing web architecture, technology, and functionality.

Star Global also helped the VWTH design web survey questions to poll their membership base, to determine the current needs or the VWTH primary and secondary target markets, as well as perceived benefits or frustrations in terms of site content, navigation and overall effectiveness. This helped to provide a roadmap to move forward and ensure issues were met with respect to web-based needs and viral marketing.

Star Global produced a fresh new look and feel to achieve consistency with their brand. Star Global revamped the front line messaging, provided new architectural organization, created a visual calendar of events, along with a sign up area for their e-newsletter.

Star Global created the new website in Wordpress CMS (a content management system/blog software), which enabled a blog section for VWTH to catalogue news stories and educational material for volunteers, including a live feed on the home page, a website search, and share modules to social media networks.

Star Global also implemented an e-newsletter system by Constant Contact to allow for frequent and inexpensive communications with sponsors related to partner & fundraising events.

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Aspect website launched using Drupal, Victoria, BC

Posted in Star Global News, Technology News on September 15th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

www.aspect.bc.ca

www.aspect.bc.ca

ASPECT is a not-for-profit advocacy group that provides membership benefits, leadership resources, event management, and workshops and products for purchase by the community-based employment and skills training sector.

ASPECT selected Star Global’s recommendation for a Drupal portal software to replace their old website. The old website was custom built, and lacked the editing and community features present in modern CMS software. The upgrade to a new software that supports multiple users and the ability to allow for comments features were a required module. ASPECT can build on the platform to include a membership directory and interactive features.

The self-editing features of Drupal were ideal for ASPECT. They can
add pages in-house, including adding links under hierarchical navigation
menus. Images and files can be uploaded through the web browser, and pages are edited in a word processor like WYSIWYG interface.

Four levels of user roles were created on top of the two usually included
with Drupal. These allow for protected access to areas only accessible by
the organization’s membership, and the board of directors. There are also two levels of access for ASPECT - the staff and administrators.

Daily news is posted by ASPECT, who pull web clipping from many news
sources. Web site software was configured to publish these headlines on the website homepage, the left side bar, and they are automatically “tweeted” to Twitter. The news is indexed under subcategories, each of which has its own syndicated RSS feed.

CiviCRM software, installed as a module for Drupal, provides the ability to
accept conference and event registrations online. Payments are processed using Paypal Website Payments Pro Canada services. CiviEvent - part of CiviCRM - allow complex event management features required by ASPECT; event registration can have multiple choices for event attendance and additional add-on fees.

Other features of the Drupal software for a portal and web Content Management System (CMS) provided the following functionality:

  • Allows members and customers to login for special services. This will be used to help implement a single sign-on functionality
  • Display a events calendar. This is managed using Drupal, or in the future can be managed using the Sage CRM software
  • Shopping cart module, for product sales
  • Event management module allows for the registration of conferences, including multiple activities to be selected
  • Includes a website search function
  • Best of all, the Drupal software can be customized and configured as needed, there are no license fees, and it is supported by a large developer community.

    Visit the website: www.aspect.bc.ca

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  • Stoddert Elementary School, Washington, DC

    Posted in Star Global News on August 14th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

    Stoddert Elementary School, Washington, DC
    http://www.stoddert.org/

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    Benjamin Stoddert Elementary School, named after the first U.S. Secretary of the Navy, is located in the Glover Park neighborhood of Northwest Washington, DC just north of Georgetown.

    Star Global installed Wordpress.org CMS, and customized it for this school located in Washington, DC. We ported all the content from the old website into the new site, including blog categories and authors. Documentation and training was completed over the phone with specific instructions on how to add and manage content.

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